Pics of the month November: Wine and regional products exhibition

Written by Diane on. Posted in France, on life in France, pics of the month

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Hello! The food in France never ceases to amaze me, so when I saw a wine and food show advertised not far from where we live, I had to go check it out. As one of the first people in the door Sunday morning, I made my way around to all the tables and sampled cheese, desserts, drinks and more. So November’s pics of the month are from the yummy exhibition.

Read on!

The only downside to this sort of food and wine show is that the products tend to be a little on the pricey side. Let’s take my chocolate buying experience: Next to these wonderful tête-do-chocos shown below, the vendor also specialized in homemade chocolate bars of all different flavors. I saw the price, but I don’t really know how much 100 grams of chocolates is (not much!), and the price didn’t seem that crazy. As it turns out, a regular-size candy bar of their chocolate was over 9 euros. I politely declined and assured them the chocolate was delicious but it cost more than I was willing to pay. I ended up buying two tête-de-chocos and a really small chunk of chocolate instead. Definitely not 9 euros’ worth!

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But it was money well spent. I got the milk and whit chocolate coconut-flavored ones for Tom, who loves all sweets. Inside, the filling is a sweet white meringue.

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When I spotted a vendor selling canelé, I knew had to grab a couple. These Bordelais treats are also Tom’s favorite and are known for their rum-infused, custard-like center and caramelized exterior.

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Finally, no food exhibition is completely unless there’s cheese! A visit to a cheese shop is a pricey endeavor any way you look at it, but we don’t buy expensive cheeses that often so I said why the heck not. After having a few free samples from the fromager, I chose an ample-size triangle of St. Nectaire. Yum!

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Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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  • Marianne

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    You took some great photos! I went recently to one of these gastronomy festivals in Brest. It was the first time I had visited something like this in France and I loved it! So many delicious things to try. And you captured the atmosphere perfectly 🙂
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    • Diane

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      Thank you! Events like this are so much fun. I am looking forward to the upcoming Christmas markets as well. Love this time of year 😉

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    • Diane

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      Ah I’m an idiot, I know who you are and of course you comment. Sorry for not connecting Marianne w/the blogger from Califorienne. Duh!

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  • Elena

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    Mouthwatering post! I’m glad I had a choco tarte with me while reading, otherwise I would be running to the boulangery immediately 🙂

    But sadly yes, those artisan sweets are really pricey. I’ve wanted to buy a small fancy box of chocolates right from the vendor…but was not ready to pay 20 euro for 6 candies.
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    • Diane

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      Glad you liked it! The worst artisan rip off was in Brussels a few years back when I found a very posh macaron shop. The employee wore a white glove to gently place each macaron into a box. I think a box of four was like 15 euros. They were good but not worth 15 euros. First and last time I’ll do anything like that!

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